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2021 Best Computer Science Colleges for Veterans in the United States

208 Colleges
31,737 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,993 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Computer Science Schools for Vets

Best Computer Science Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesComputer Science is the #18 most popular major in the country with 31,737 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

For this year's Best Computer Science Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking, we looked at 208 colleges that offer a bachelor's in compsci. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great computer science programs and a strong support system for veterans and active service members.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the computer science program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran satisfaction. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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2021 Best Computer Science Schools for Veterans in the United States

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Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Computer Science Schools

Massachusetts Institute of Technology comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. MIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge. MIT did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 119 of the 11,574 students enrolled at MIT were GI Bill® students, of which 87 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $20,495. During this same period, 43 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Southern California. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles. In addition to being on our best for vets list, USC has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States ranking.

Among the 47,310 students enrolled at USC, 1,323 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 908 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $21,271. On top of their other funding sources, 415 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#3

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Our rankings recognize Carnegie Mellon University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh. Carnegie Mellon did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

Among the 14,029 students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon, 107 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 80 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $19,066. In addition to receiving other benefits, 40 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Arizona State University - Tempe landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer science schools. Located in the city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, ASU - Tempe is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

Among the 51,585 students enrolled at ASU - Tempe, 7,047 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 6,145 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,977. In addition to receiving other benefits, 156 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Brown University

Providence, RI

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Brown University. Brown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Providence. Brown also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States rankings.

Among the 10,257 students enrolled at Brown, 96 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 62 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $26,273. On top of their other funding sources, 58 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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North Carolina State University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer science schools. Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, NC State also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, NC State supports 35,479 students, and 1,068 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 719 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,891. In addition to receiving other benefits, 33 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Illinois Institute of Technology. Located in the city of Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Illinois Tech excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

Among the 6,753 students enrolled at Illinois Tech, 64 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 45 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,909. To help with additional expenses, 10 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Illinois Tech does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Our rankings recognize Stanford University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Stanford. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Stanford, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States ranking.

Of the 17,381 students enrolled at Stanford, 168 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 110 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $19,267. To help with additional expenses, 66 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Oregon State University. Located in the city of Corvallis, Oregon State is a public college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Oregon State also did well on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 1,493 of the 30,986 students enrolled at Oregon State were GI Bill® students, of which 930 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,431. In addition to receiving other benefits, 22 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Colorado Boulder comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. CU - Boulder is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Boulder. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, CU - Boulder is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, CU - Boulder supports 36,681 students, and 1,325 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 1,066 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $14,873. In addition to receiving other benefits, 55 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Rochester Institute of Technology landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer science schools. Located in the large suburb of Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, RIT also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States ranking.

Of the 16,463 students enrolled at RIT, 277 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 229 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,837. In addition to receiving other benefits, 101 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Worcester Polytechnic Institute as the #12 school in this year's rankings. WPI is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Worcester. WPI also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States rankings.

Of the 6,874 students enrolled at WPI, 76 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 56 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $16,713. On top of their other funding sources, 9 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#13

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. Cornell excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 621 of the 23,600 students enrolled at Cornell were GI Bill® students, of which 519 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $10,152. During this same period, 150 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Berkeley. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UC Berkeley also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, UC Berkeley supports 42,501 students, and 557 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 401 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,465. On top of their other funding sources, 3 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize University of Pennsylvania as the #15 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. UPenn also made our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list, coming in at #8.

According to our most recent data, UPenn supports 25,860 students, and 272 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 153 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,428. In addition to receiving other benefits, 106 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Our rankings recognize Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Terre Haute, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology also made our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list, coming in at #4.

Among the 2,142 students enrolled at Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology, 32 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 26 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $19,470. On top of their other funding sources, 21 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#17

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

Binghamton University comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Binghamton University is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Vestal. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Binghamton University is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Binghamton University supports 17,768 students, and 104 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 56 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,647. Binghamton University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Our rankings recognize Harvard University as the #18 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Harvard, the school also landed the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States ranking.

Among the 31,566 students enrolled at Harvard, 378 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 297 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,846. On top of their other funding sources, 175 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Illinois at Chicago comes in at #19 in this year's ranking. UIC is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Chicago. UIC excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 489 of the 31,683 students enrolled at UIC were GI Bill® students, of which 272 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,722. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#20

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Drexel University. Drexel is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Drexel also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States ranking.

Among the 24,634 students enrolled at Drexel, 745 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 578 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $19,336. In addition to receiving other benefits, 255 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Columbia University in the City of New York landed the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer science schools. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Columbia is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Columbia supports 31,077 students, and 797 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 528 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $20,878. During this same period, 361 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Portland State University

Portland, OR

Portland State University earned the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings. Portland State University is a fairly large public school located in the city of Portland.

Of the 25,711 students enrolled at Portland State University, 1,179 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 767 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,347. During this same period, 96 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Portland State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Tufts University

Medford, MA

Our rankings recognize Tufts University as the #23 school in this year's rankings. Tufts is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Medford. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Tufts also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States ranking.

Of the 11,586 students enrolled at Tufts, 41 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 28 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $24,339. To help with additional expenses, 19 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign comes in at #24 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UIUC is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 500 of the 49,702 students enrolled at UIUC were GI Bill® students, of which 247 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $12,702. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Washington State University as the #25 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Pullman, Wazzu is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Among the 31,478 students enrolled at Wazzu, 1,046 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 566 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,054. On top of their other funding sources, 2 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Wazzu does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#30

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Computer Science Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
32 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
33 Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL
34 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
35 Towson University Towson, MD
36 Regis University Denver, CO
37 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
38 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
39 Montana State University Bozeman, MT
40 University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
41 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA

Computer Science by Region

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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 10 majors within the Computer & Information Sciences area of study, Computer Science has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Information Systems 36,674
Information Science 9,118
Information Technology 7,229
Computer Software & Applications 3,499
Computer Programming 1,560

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Negative Space.

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